lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Style; glass: IPA; tulip
22 fl oz x 6.9% ABV = 151.8 / 60 = 2.53 beers * 150 C = 379.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $7.99
Aroma: sweet, banana and cloves, some citrusy hops, pine, grass.
Visuals: packaging is beautiful, though screen printing always seems to be coming off the bottle. It gives the brand a bit of crumbly marble style, though I wonder if it’s intentional? Perhaps the most brilliant IPA I’ve ever seen, absolutely crystal clear. Like the final scene in THX 1138, it’s that bright sunlight. Golden, pale, transparent, bright white head, sticky fresh Belgian lace. Carbonation is continuous.
Taste: Delicious, sweet, and hoppy. A great blend, very much in the spirit of Chouffe’s Hobblon Dobblen (sp?). Expertly balanced, nice easygoing maltiness, great hops. Perhaps my favorite new session brew.
Palate: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A dream of fusion of two of my favorite styles. I hope they develop an imperial of this. Starts very sweet, crisp, middle has a bit of a burn and slight roastiness, finish is hops and bitterness with a salty sweet end note. Amazing.
Overall: In terms of lighter brews and more reasonable ABVs, this is a clear winner, and easily my favorite IPA at the moment, and very much a favorite all around, though my top honor still goes to Mikkeller for Black. I’m going to get more, soon. Stone, just keep them coming, and please consider an imperial version of this.
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wlf (404) - DENMARK - JAN 22, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2017 Can from boxbeers; pours slightly cloudy golden with a gentle orange shine and a medium white head; aroma is yeasty fruity with tropical fruity hops and spicy note, something which reminds me of puke comes through as well; taste is sweet fruity, some banana, with spicy piney and gentle herbal hops, medium bitterness, bitter and spicy finish; mouthfeel is creamy an oily with medium carbonation
Antzrhere (127) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2017 Pours golden. Aroma is unique - Belgian banana and coriander with fresh bright citrus hop aroma. Brilliant. Taste is banana, bubblegum, caramel and citrus. Beautifully balanced mash up of beer genres
john44 (1538) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg Third of a Pint at BrewDog, Shepherds Bush, London in April 2016 - Clear Orangey Gold in colour. Good creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing. Very Fruity; orange and grapefruit citrus. Yeasty. Spicy; coriander and pepper. Hoppy; piney hops. Bitter yeasty citrus fruity spicy throughout. Interesting beer. Yeasty Belgian Ale meets citrus fruity IPA. Nicely done. Tasty. Good Belgian IPA! (2016-04-05)
stouby (4538) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2017
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can at DØE US tasting. Yellow with a white head, a real gusher. Aroma medium hoppy (floral, tropical), light malty (biscuit). Flavor light sweet, heavy bitter, piney, grassy, long lasting, dry. Light body, heavy carbonated.
Karol (896) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 4, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can by Stone Berlin. Golden clear pour. Head good but vanished quickly. Aroma of Belgian yeast, biscuits, cake. Taste is hoppy, sour, green tea. Dry hoppy finish plus dry tea. Very good!
dnicolaescu (2281) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 3, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
CAN 33 CL. Hazy deep golden, soapy white head. The aroma is right in the middle between a fruity and spicy Belgian Ale and citrusy hops. Same with the taste - hints of stone fruit and spicy alcohols on one hand, sweet citrus and caramel malts on the other. Spicy peppery bitterness. Not bad, not sure the hybrid improves on either of the original styles.
rusos (690) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from beerlovers Vienna. A bit hazy golden colour, white head. Aroma is nice combination of hops and belgian yeast. Fruity, orange, floral and notable banana and some spicy tones from yeast. Taste is simillar, fruity, banana. High bitterness. Bitter aftertaste. Pleasant carbonation. Well ballanced. Good one.
tlind2 (1631) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Clear golden color, airy white head. Spicy hop aroma. Fruity flavor with some bready malts, hop bitterness and aniseed (cough syrup?). Alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. I think I prefer the "other sister".
Lowenbrau (3785) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12fl oz bottle @CImmeria, Oviedo. 09-11-2015.
"4ª Cata RateBeer Asturias".
In short: belgian styled IPA.
Pours little hazy bright gold with frothy white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Some dry, bitter, estery, herbal.
SkillsFactory (632) - ITALY - DEC 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lattina, dorata limpida, schiuma bianca di buona persistenza.
Aroma di pompelmo, erbaceo, floreale, chiodi di garofano, acidula, lievito da Saison?
Al palato pompelmo ed erbaceo, chiodi di garofano, note erbacee secche, finale resinoso ed erbaceo con pompelmo in evidenza su tutto il resto.
Ben carbonata, corpo medio.